April 2012 will be a memorable month for the members of Gardner Memorial Church.
At the beginning of the month there was all the activity connected to Holy Week, with members of the congregation participating in the wide range of devotional experiences in a programme of worship arranged by the Brechin Churches Together group
The week reached its peak with a morning worship on Easter Sunday, a time when the church was beautifully decorated with flowers and, on entering the church, folk were presented with daffodils which were then attached to a cross in front of the communion table.
This cross stood as high as an upright person and was skilfully covered in wire mesh so hat the flowers could be set in place.
By the time the congregation stood for the first hymn the cross was a glorious thing.
At the close of the service the Minister thanked the Worship Group for the thought thy had put into assisting her in arranging the service.
After the benediction there was the opportunity for more fellowship depending on the age of those concerned – either a cup of coffee or an Easter egg hunt.
It was a fine day too for the congregation to welcome new members.
The start of the month saw the solemn progression through Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to the joyful zenith of Easter Sunday.
The end of the month brings a special visitor to the Gardner Memorial, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend David Arnott.
Moderators serve for only one year and during that time he – or she – visits various parts of the country and may also travel abroad to pay courtesy visits to foreign churches.
This year the Moderator is coming to the Presbytery of Angus and will preach in the Gardner Memorial at the morning service on April 29 at 11 am.
After the service the Reverend and Mrs Arnott will go to Farnell to have lunch with the members of the church there.
The Gardner Memorial Church and Farnell Church have been officially lined together for some years now, enjoying a friendly and harmonious co-existence under the pastoral care of the Reverend Jane Blackley.
The two congregations will join together for one service on the morning of the Moderator’s visit and both of them would be happy to welcome all those who would care to join them that day.
The Reverend David Arnott hails from Dunfermline and before he returned from the parish ministry he held three changes – in Gorebridge, at Netherlee Parish Church in Glasgow and at Hope Park in St Andrew’s which is linked with Strathkiness.
While in Glasgow he served as a part time chaplain at Barlinnie Prison.
During his time as a parish minister he served in, and often convened, several assembly committees.
He is a voice that may sound familiar as he was a regular presenter of BBC Scotland’s Thought for the Day.